Following on from the last update concerning the GSTAR web services, the final pieces of infrastructure for the case studies and demonstrator are nearly complete. Building on the API, a GeoJSON output format has been added so that results from GeoSPARQL queries can a) be accessed via a simple URL as with all other outputs and b) visualised using a web map or indeed any platform which can consume GeoJSON. Continue reading
With all the source data prepped and ready to go, the next step is to build some demonstrators to show how such geosemantic resources can be used in practice. Whilst very powerful, a Sparql endpoint is not the most friendly way of interacting with data resources, especially from within a web based application where options for programming are a bit limited. There is still quite some debate on this topic which will be covered in more detail in the thesis (watch this space; still on track for submission 1st/2nd quarter 2016!) but the approach I have opted for is an API using web services to provide a range of outputs via a combination of URLs and parameters. Continue reading
Into the second month of the PhD now and things are starting to coalesce and take shape. A framework for development, testing and deployment of proposed demonstrators is emerging and I’m making good headway demystifying the world of geosemantics (at least, it’s becoming clearer in my head!).
So, as well as continuing with the literature review, I’m knitting together a whole bunch of tools:
- Java Development Kit (JDK) – the programming language at the heart of it all
- Maven – a project management and comprehension tool
- Eclipse – open development platform
- Jena – a Java framework for building Semantic Web applications
- Oracle 11g – relational Database Management System (RDBMS) with Spatial and Semantic components
- D2RQ – a system for accessing relational databases as virtual, read-only RDF graphs.
- AllegroGraph – a graph database
- Prolog – logic programming
- Protégé – ontology editor and knowledge-base framework
- GeoSPARQL – query language for geospatial data stored as RDF
- ArcGIS – Geographic Information System for data preparation, processing, etc
- GeoServer – open source GIS server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data.
I’ll be posting more along the journey. Next steps will be to complete the literature review, submit stage reports and use some real archaeological data. Exciting stuff!